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Universal Care, Universal Church

In this summer edition of Parable, we celebrate the diversity among New Hampshire's priests, a diversity reflected in the rich backgrounds of CMC’s spiritual guides. Our Pastoral Care Department stands as a pillar of inter-faith support, offering chaplain services to patients and their families around the clock.

At the heart of our faith-based services lie individuals like Father Bartholomew Ogumelu, fondly known as Father Bart, from Nigeria. He has been providing chaplain services to CMC patients since 2015. With dual master’s degrees in theology and clinical mental health, he finds solace in CMC’s inclusive culture, which embraces people from all walks of life and faith journeys.

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“You come to Liberty House and get the feeling somebody truly has your back,” he shared. “I have that sense of purpose again. This is my second chance and I’m committed to making the most of it.” – Michael, Liberty House resident

Faith in Action: A Veteran Finds a Second Chance at Liberty House

Michael's patriotism was evident from a young age; his mother would joke that he bled red, white and blue. He proudly followed in the footsteps of his father and grandfather, serving 25 years in the Army, with multiple combat tours. He earned prestigious honors, including the Bronze Star and Purple Heart.

Michael’s life changed forever in an improvised explosive device (IED) ambush in Afghanistan that left him with physical and mental scars, including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and a traumatic brain injury. He witnessed some of his close comrades and friends make the ultimate sacrifice. Upon returning to civilian life, like many veterans, he found the transition challenging and lost his sense of purpose.

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